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So thou, defcended from a line

Of Patriots no less divine,


Didit quench the brutal rage of those,

Who durft thy dawning worth oppose.

The viper Spite, crufh'd by thy virtue, fhed
Its yellow juice, and at thy feet lay dead.

Thus, like the fun, did thy great Genius rife,
With clouds around his facred head,

Yet foon difpell'd the dropping mifts, and gilded all

the fkies.


Great Julius, who with generous envy view'd
The ftatue of brave Philip's braver fon,
And wept to think, what such a youth fubdued,
While, more in age, himfelf had yet to little


Had wept much more, if he had liv’d to see
The glorious deeds atchiev'd by thee;
To fee thee, at a beardlefs age,

Stand arm'd against th' invader's rage, 285
And bravely fighting for thy country's liberty;
While he inglorious laurels fought,

And not to fave his country fought; While he-O ftain upon the greatest name,

That e'er before was known to Fame! 290

When Rome, his awful mother, did demand
The fword from his unruly hand,

The sword she gave before,

Enrag'd, he fpurn'd at her command, 295

Hurl'd at her breaft the impious fteel, and bath'd it

in her gore.




Far other battles thou haft won,

Thy ftandard ftill the public good:
Lavish of thine, to fave thy people's blood :
And when the hardy task of war was done,
With what a mild well-temper'd mind, 300
(A mind unknown to Rome's ambitious son,)
Thy powerful armies were refign'd;
This victory o'er thyfelf was more,
Than all thy conquests gain'd before :
'Twas more than Philip's fon could do, 305
When for new worlds the madman cry'd;
Nor in his own wild breaft had spy'd

Towers of ambition, hills of boundless pride,
Too great for armies to fubdue.


O favage luft of arbitrary sway!

Infatiate fury, which in man we find,

In barbarous man, to prey upon his kind,


And make the world, enflav'd, his vicious will obey!
How has this fiend Ambition long defac'd

Heaven's works, and laid the fair creation waste !
Ask filver Rhine, with fpringing rushes crown'd,
As to the fea his waters flow,

Where are the numerous cities now,

That once he faw, his honour'd banks around?
Scarce are their filent ruins found;

But, in th' enfuing age,

Trampled into common ground,


Will hide the horrid monuments of Gaul's deftroying




All Europe too had shar'd this wretched fate, And mourn'd her heavy woes too late, Had not Britannia's chief withstood The threaten'd deluge, and repell'd, To its forfaken banks, th' unwilling flood, And in his hand the scales of balanc'd kingdoms held. Well was this mighty trust repos'd in thee, 330 Whofe faithful foul, from private interest free (Interefts which vulgar princes know),

O'er all its paffions fat exalted high,. As Teneriff's top enjoys a purer sky, And fees the moving clouds at distance fly below. 335 XX.

Whoe'er thy warlike annals reads,
Beholds reviv'd our valiant Edward's deeds.
* Great Edward and his glorious fon
Will own themselves in thee outdone,
Though Crecy's defperate fight eternal honours won.
Though the fifth Henry too does claim
A fhining place among Britannia's kings,
And Agincourt has rais'd his lofty name;
Yet the loud voice of ever-living Fame,
Of thee more numerous triumphs fings.
But, though no chief contends with thee,
In all the long records of hiftory,

Thy own great deeds together strive,
Which fhall the fairest light derive,

On thy immortal memory;

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*Edward III, and the Black Prince.




Whether Seneff's amazing field

To celebrated Mons fhall yield;

Or both give place to more amazing Boyne; Of if Namur's well-cover'd fiege must all the reft



While in Hibernia's fields the labouring fwain 355
Shall pass the plough o'er ikulls of warriors flain,
And turn up bones, and broken fpears,
Amaz'd, he'll fhew his fellows of the plain,
The relicks of victorious years;

And tell, how swift thy arms that kingdom did regain.
Flandria, a longer witness to thy glory,

With wonder too repeats thy ftory;
How oft the foes thy lifted fword have seen
In the hot battle, when it bled

At all its open veins, and oft have fled,

As if their evil genius thou had been:


How, when the blooming fpring began t' appear, And with new life reftor'd the year, Confederate princes us'd to cry;

"Call Britain's king-the fprightly trumpet found, 370 “ And spread the joyful summons round! "Call Britain's king, and victory!"

So when the flower of Greece, to battle led
In Beauty's caufe, juft vengeance swore,
Upon the foul adulterer's head,


That from her royal lord the ravish'd Helen bore,


The Grecian chiefs, of mighty fame,
Impatient for the fon of Thetis wait;
At last the fon of Thetis came;

Troy fhook her nodding towers, and mourn'd th' impending fate.


O facred Peace! Goddess ferene !
Adorn'd with robes of fpotlefs white,
Fairer than filver floods of light!


How fhort has thy mild empire been ! When pregnant Time brought forth this new-born age,

At first we saw thee gently smile

On the young birth, and thy fweet voice awhile

Sung a foft charm to martial rage:

But foon the lion wak'd again,


And ftretch'd his opening claws, and fhook his grifly


Soon was the year of triumphs paft;

And Janus, ushering in a new,


With backward look did pompous fcenes review;

But his fore-face with frowns was overcaft;

He faw the gathering ftorms of war,

And bid his priests aloud, his iron gates unbar.


But heaven its hero can no longer fpare,

To mix in our tumultuous broils below;

Yet fuffer'd his foreseeing care,
Thofe bolts of vengeance to prepare,
Which other hands fhall throw;
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